A portal in a greenery-covered cobblestone wall is gated with a decorative wrought iron gate. Image from Atlas OscuraApple TV has cast David  Dastmalchian in the Murderbot adaptation. He’ll play Gurathin.

On his blog, Peter Clines writes about the temptation to complicate things for the sake of complication, and the risks involved.

Nerds of a Feather takes a close look at Dune, Part Two. They review The City of Marble and Blood by Howard Andrews Jones.

The Saint of Bright Doors won the 2024 Crawford Award, which is awarded to a writer whose first fantasy novel debuted the previous year. It isn’t a “first novel” award, more of a acknowledgement of new fantasy books.

Robin Anne Reid provided a long column called “Murderbot and Me” for File770. I know, a second Murderbot link, but c’mon, it’s cooler than another Hugo rehash, isn’t it?

Mother Ludlam’s cave looks a bit like a hobbit hole to me. It used to have a sacred spring dedicated to a Celtic god; a good witch; a cauldron, and a fun story about the devil.

According to Space.com, Warby Parker is giving away free safe-viewing glasses for the solar eclipse on April 8; two pairs per family. I believe Space.com is sincere, but I hesitated for a second, because Warby Parker says they’re starting the giveaway on April 1. You might want to check in with your local store if you have one.

P. Djeli Clark has a blog! And he has a story coming out, called The Dead Cat Tail Assassins, only it’s not coming out until August.


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.